New York, NY — Having already created a buzz in his native Britain with his super-sharp, futuristic-sounding urban-pop, 19-year-old singer and songwriter Conor Maynard is gearing up for the July 24th release of his first U.S. single, “Vegas Girl,” with a video that premieres today across VEVO. A multi-track EP for “Vegas Girl,” which includes remixes by Wideboys and Tortuga and a cover of Drake’s “Marvin’s Room” will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow and will be delivered on July 24th.
Written and produced by Conor and UK production team the Invisible Men (Jessie J, DJ Fresh), “Vegas Girl” is the first track to be released in the U.S. from Conor’s upcoming debut album, Contrast, due from Capitol Records on September 18th. Rather than retread the euro-dance route, Contrast is a genre-defying blend of innovative R&B, dramatic hip-hop soundscapes, and stadium-scaling pop anthems that manage to be both credibly cool and commercially appealing.
Hailing from the British seaside town of Brighton, Conor grew up listening to such artists as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Usher, and Justin Timberlake. He began uploading videos of himself singing his favorite songs to YouTube in 2008. Encouraged by the positive response they received, he posted a range of hits that showcased his soulful voice, including Chris Brown’s “Crawl,” (which Brown raved about when he tweeted the link), “Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” Rihanna’s “Only Girl,” and Ne-Yo’s “Beautiful Monster,” which racked up millions of views. Both Ne-Yo and Cruz were so impressed with Conor’s performance that they each contacted Conor at home in the UK and offered to produce and sign him.
Over the past few months, Conor has been in the studio working with Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri (Usher, Mariah Carey), Stargate (Katy Perry, Rihanna), Midi Mafia (50 Cent, Frank Ocean), Kevin Rudolf (Jay Sean, Lil’ Wayne), Sandy Vee (Rihanna, Pitbull), Crada (Drake, Kid Cudi), songwriter Diane Warren, the Invisible Men (who also produced Conor’s debut UK single, “Can’t Say No,” which debuted at No. 2 on the UK singles chart), and Pharrell Williams. After working with Conor at his Miami studio, Williams predicted: “He will change the future of pop music.”
In the UK, Conor is currently the focus of VEVO’s emerging artist program, LIFT and earlier this year, Conor won MTV UK’s “Brand New For 2012” Award (beating out such artists as Lana Del Rey) thanks to overwhelming voter support from his fans, who call themselves “Mayniacs.” With 90 million combined YouTube views (including 9.2 million for “Can’t Say No”), Conor has the seventh most subscribed music channel in the UK. He has also amassed 415,000 Facebook “likes” and more than 304,000 Twitter followers.
The tracklisting for Contrast is as follows:
2. Turn Around (feat. Ne-Yo)
3. Vegas Girl
4. Can’t Say No
5. Lift Off
6. Mary Go Round
7. Take Off
8. Better Than You (feat. Rita Ora)
9. Another One
11. Glass Girl
12. Just In Case